Man'iwai festive coat of fisherman: design of crane, tortoise and shōchikubai and lattice pattern

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Man'iwai festive coat of fisherman: design of crane, tortoise and shōchikubai and lattice pattern

Textiles / Taisho / Tohoku

Kesen'numa, Miyagi prefecture

大正時代

Stencil-dyed cotton

L.135.0cm W.122.0cm

Man'iwai are a kind of festive costume worn by fishermen in the Kantō and Tōhoku districts. Man'iwai means 'a good haul' among fishermen, so the coats called hanten which ship owners gave to fishermen on the occasion of a large catch were also called Man'iwai. It is said to be practice that started in the Bunka era (1804-1818), continuing into the Showa 30s (1960s). This man'iwai was made following a big catch by the Konno family who were a fish wholesaler in Kesen'numa, Miyagi prefecture in the early Taisho period.

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